Who’s Homeless and Why Follow-up from Spirit

Bedding and full garbage bags stacked against the wall of a bridge. Imaged licensed from Envato Elements.

You can find links to Greg's slides and the video of the presentation in this article.

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On Thursday, November 9 approximately 70 people attended Greg Owen’s presentation in person or on Zoom. Greg’s 30+ year experience in conducting Wilder Research’s statewide study of homelessness in Minnesota allowed him to present not only the numbers and stories about what he’s seen and learned.

The data that Greg shared comes from the 2018 study. On October 26, 2023 Wilder conducted another homeless survey with over 1,000 trained interviewers sent out to shelters and encampments throughout Minnesota. Results of the survey should be available by the end of 2024.

It was heartening to me to see so many attend Greg’s presentation with representation from the New Branches communities as well as people beyond our congregations. The complexity of the topic indicates that there is no one way to end homelessness. Rather there is an abundance of opportunity! Next steps coming soon!

– Karen L, Spirit Catholic Community

If you missed the presentation or want to share it there are two ways to do so:

View the Presentation Slides as a PDF document

Watch the Zoom Recording

About Rachael Keefe

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ. She was called to Living Table in 2015 after serving in many varied ministry settings since her ordination in 1992. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale (formerly Andover Newton Theological School). Her ministry and leadership often center around advocacy and accessibility. Her writing has been published by Chalice Press, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians, Working Preacher, RevGalBlogPals, and others. She is grateful to be in ministry with Living Table today.

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